John M0IDA, Rob M0VFC and Steve M1ACB (that’s me) hope to be QRV as C6APY from Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, IOTA NA-054, locator FL15do.
We fly into the Bahamas on 2nd March, but it’ll take us a couple of days to get there, so we hope to be QRV around the 4th March – but this is very much weather dependent, as is the whole operation. We fly back to the UK at the end of the 12th March, which means we will need to de-rig on the 10th or 11th, again varying according to the weather.
Operation probably won’t be 24/7 – we’ll do as much as we can, but eating and sleeping is back on the boat, there’s only three of us, and we’ll probably want to go for the occasional swim as well.
We’ll be running up to three stations simultaneously, all Elecraft K3s at 100W. We’re generator powered and have to carry the full week’s fuel with us on the boat, hence no amps.
We’re expecting that most QSOs will be 15-40m; we’ll monitor the higher HF bands as well and may venture on to 10/12 if propagation favours them; similarly we may throw up an 80m dipole but don’t expect to do very much, if anything, there. There will definitely be CW (op M0VFC) and SSB (ops M0IDA and M1ACB); we may also do some data if time permits. We hope to beaconing WSPR when the stations are otherwise inactive.
We should be active on some satellite passes with hand-held antennas: the FM birds will only cover parts of the USA, and not EU, so we’ll attempt some FO-29 passes as well. We aren’t satellite experts though, so be patient with us.
QSL is via M0OXO’s OQRS system.
We will upload to Club Log and LotW regularly throughout the trip, assuming all the kit plays nicely.
I’m very happy to have been a small part of the M6T team for CQWW SSB 2015.
I’ll be travelling with G3ZAY, M0BLF, M0HSW, M0TJH and M0VFC, all operating as JW/home callsign from the QTH of JW5E in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Potentially operating on 40m-10m, we are likely to have the best conditions on 30m, 20m & 17m, but we’ll also be watching for openings on 10m and 6m.
All operators will have their own arrangements for QSL, so please check qrz.com.
A huge thank you to the group for letting me join them and also to Gavin M1BXF for thinking of me when he unfortunately had to change his plans.
I played a very small part in the M4A team win in the CQWW SSB Contest 2014, but it’s really satisfying to see my callsign amongst the list of team members on the winners certificate for the Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter England category.